Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations

Distinguished Alumni Award | Distinguished Alumni Service Award |
Distinguished Young Alumni Award | Distinguished Honorary Alumni Award |
Distinguished Faculty Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni with national and international distinction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst who have translated their experience into distinguished achievement in the public, business or professional realms and have shown service to UMass Amherst in the financial, volunteer, or advocacy sectors.

Nominators will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the public, business or professional realm in their field of endeavor.  Provide specific examples of national or international distinction, if applicable.
  • How many years of experience does the nominee have in their field of endeavor?
  • Has the nominee provided service to UMass Amherst by ways of volunteerism, advocacy or financial support?  If so, please give specific examples.
  • Please list any personal or professional achievements of the nominee (i.e. awards, honors, recognition or publications).
  • Please provide a photo, links to any related online materials and if possible, a CV.

Nominees will be rated on:

  • Demonstrates distinguished achievement in public, business or professional realm
  • National or international distinction
  • Overall experience and number of years in their field
  • Service to UMass Amherst
  • Personal and/or professional achievement (awards, honors, recognition, or publications)

Submission deadline: September 16, 2013

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The Distinguished Alumni Service Award  honors alumni from the University of Massachusetts Amherst for outstanding and significant contributions of service to a particular community and/or to the university in the financial, volunteer, or advocacy sectors.

Nominators will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated significant service to a particular community and/or the university.  Provide specific examples of how the community and/or university has benefited from this service.
  • How many years has the nominee preformed this service?
  • Please list any recognition the nominee has received for their service (i.e. awards, honors, recognition or publications).
  • Please provide a photo, links to any related online materials and if possible, a CV.

Nominees will be rated on:

  • Distinction of service to a particular community and/or the University
  • Overall experience and number of years in their field
  • Recognition of services

Submission deadline: September 16, 2013

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The Distinguished Young Alumni Award honors alumni who have attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an undergraduate within the last ten years and have demonstrated accelerated career progression in the public, business or professional realms and used their UMass Amherst education in a quest for excellence.

Nominators will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated accelerated career progression in the public, business or professional realm.  Provide specific examples of national or international distinction, if applicable.
  • Please list any personal, professional and/or service achievements of the nominee (i.e. awards, honors, recognition or publications)
  • How many years of experience does the nominee have in their field?
  • Has the nominee provided service to UMass Amherst by ways of volunteerism, advocacy or financial support?  If so, please give specific examples.
  • Please provide a photo, links to any related online materials and if possible, a CV.

Nominees will be rated on:

  • Demonstrates accelerated career progression in public, business or professional realm
  • Personal and/or professional achievement (awards, honors, recognition, or publications)
  • Service to UMass Amherst
  • National or international distinction

Submission deadline: September 16, 2013

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The Distinguished Honorary Alumni Award honors individuals who neither have earned a degree nor were matriculated students for at least two consecutive semesters from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to the advancement of the UMass Amherst campus in the financial, volunteer or advocacy sectors.

Nominators will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service to UMass Amherst by ways of volunteerism, advocacy or financial support.
  • How many years has the nominee been an active supporter of UMass Amherst?
  • Please list any personal or professional achievements of the nominee (i.e. awards, honors, recognition or publications)
  • Please provide a photo, links to any related online materials and if possible, a CV.

Nominees will be rated on:

  • Service to UMass Amherst (financial, volunteerism, and advocacy)
  • Personal and/or professional achievement (awards, honors, recognition, or publications)
  • Number of years of service

Submission deadline: September 16, 2013

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The Distinguished Faculty Award honors University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty members who have shown exceptional skill in their professional realm of teaching, research and student involvement. Their work should demonstrate the value placed on teaching, credible contributions outside the classroom in research and/or creative activity, and/or efforts that significantly enhanced the well-being and reputation of the university within the community at large.

Nominators will be asked to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Please provide specific examples how the nominee has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their professional realm of teaching, research and student involvement.  Provide specific examples of national or international distinction, if applicable.
  • Please provide specific examples of how the nominee has provided service to UMass Amherst by ways of volunteerism, advocacy or financial support.
  • Please list any personal and/or professional achievements of the nominee (i.e. awards, honors, recognition by students or publications)
  • How many years of experience does the nominee have in teaching at UMass?
  • Please provide a photo, links to any related online materials and if possible, a CV.

Nominees will be rated on:

  • Demonstrated distinguished achievement in professional realm (teaching, research, and student involvement)
  • Service to UMass Amherst
  • Personal and/or professional achievement (awards, honors, recognition or publications)
  • National or international distinction
  • Overall experience and number of years in their field

Submission deadline: September 16, 2013

Download Nomination Form
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Parameters for Eligibility:
• All UMass Amherst alumni, faculty, staff and friends.
• Previous recipients are not eligible for reconsideration of the same award.
• Current members of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association Board of Directors, Alumni Association Committees or Alumni Association employees are not eligible for consideration.
• Nomination is required. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.
• Awards may not be conferred in absentia; however, they may be granted posthumously.
• Nominees for the Distinguished Young Alumni Award must have recieved their undergraduate degree within the past 10 years.
•In accordance with the bylaws of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, alumni are those individuals that have been matriculated students for at least two consecutive semesters. (applies to Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Alumni Service Award and Distinguished Young Alumni Award categories only)

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